It's not Edge if it doesn't have these features!

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I would like to add Fluent Design Elements such as Acrylic, Native Share, and Hub, as well as Continue To PC, Reading List, Inking, etc.
Oh, and Tab Image Previews. That was a killer feature for Edge on the Desktop

@Deleted yeah, Set Tabs Aside and Fluent Design are the things I'm looking forward the most! 

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As you can tell by various posts, Edge just wasn't/isn;t consistent across systems. Sometimes you get what you want, sometimes you don't?

Much of it seems to be Enterprise IT throttling Windows and losing granularity to tweak?

@rsfarrisStrongly agree, especially on the epub support. I realize that may not be possible since that support was built into EdgeHTML, but at least consider spinning it off into a dedicated app. There's decent efforts at epub readers in the Store, but none have the consistent quality and proper formatting that Edge did.



Respectfully, I disagree.


TL;DR - Some of these features would be better served as add-ins instead of native permanent browser fixtures.


Looking back at the long term development of the original Edge, the entire development centered around the idea of a clean, "no baggage" browser -- one that would drop all dependencies to IE as it existed and create something new and completely clean.  They did start with that but deviated with some of the features you are asking about over time, and that has caused a bit of the bloat and some of the baggage that we now see.  Web notes and tabs aside were two features that were added after the initial concept.


However, even in disagreement I see a workaround possible.


The problems that I had with the features that I really had issue with (set tabs aside, inking) was that there was no way to remove those features from the UI.  Until 1809 there was no way at all to remove the oversized "Add a Web Note" or "Share this page" button from the UI.  I never used either.  Ever.  Many people I questioned answered that they never used it either, or used that exact point as one of the primary reasons for hating the browser in the first place - a lack of customization.


In fact it wasn't until 1809 that I started using Edge as my primary browser, because primarily of the increased customization.  It just FELT better.


So please, all I ask as a middle ground is if this is enabled at all it should be in the form of an addin that doesn't add to the baseline browser memory/compute footprint.  Or if it absolutely must be added to the browser, let users who do not use these features be able to turn them off.  


I never set tabs aside either, and understand that all of these things put together in Windows pre-1809 resulted in a heck of a lot of buttons that were always permanently on your screen.  UI Complexity and non-modifiability is a real turn off for many... believe it or not, vanity is important in this application -- the browser is one of the most used and most viewed applications.  I hear lots of goodwill about Edge/Chromium primarily because they're impressed their themes are also working from Chrome.  

Cortana is just death :p exist in to little market compire to other would not have anything agains if Microsoft open up Windows as well and let other assistans to replace cortana totaly, so people can use like Google Assistans, Alexa, and other assistans. Cortana will never have a change now days. 

But totaly agree with the ink function on number 5, its was great way to just take fast ink and send it forward, would also be great if they added support into settings for open up Window Share so man cold just share stuff direclty to one installed apps or email etc. 

Any timeline on the addition of inking and PDF annotation with Windows Ink support? This is the only feature why I stopped using Adobe Reader for PDF. No other app on the Microsoft Store comes close to smoothness of Inking PDFs in Edge

Hub function access should be included in Settings menu not as an additional menu to streamline access points. (KISS)

Reading list? Never used. Telemetry will out.

@rjansen85 Indeed, when I heard about Edge moving to Chromium engine, I thought that's all it was going to be, the rendering engine. This appears to be just a fork of the whole Chromium project with an Edge rebrand. Sure the syncing stuff for the MS ecosystem is great (why I like Edge on android, even though it's Chrome really), but a major reason I stopped using Chrome was the whole application itself became so bloated with a lot of background processes and poor performance, especially on launch and on lower spec systems. Edge also integrates well into Windows and especially in tablet mode whereas Chrome had problems and isn't a UWP app. Early days Chrome had terrible touch support unlike Edge.

That said, Edge is also becoming bloated, at least in background processes. Though I notice it's using suspended processes and not sure Chromium does.


As a side thought, does the Chromium rendering engine replace or become available to our UWP apps currently using Edge engine? Similarly, can we use the new Edge as a UWP Kiosk app, given it's not UWP?

Yeah, all these features are must have

@tjmoore To be fair though, just playing around with it, Edge Chromium has around 6 processes and taking 100MB, old Edge is sat there with 21 processes and 300MB, just on Google home page.


Also, running up on the tablet (Dell Venue 11 Pro, which is a slow Quad Atom Baytrail 32bit system, though decent enough for basics), and it's a lot more responsive than Chrome used to be. Haven't used Chrome on touch in a long time and looks like it's better now and also smooth scrolling seems to be working okay now. That was another thing Edge was so much better at. Some niggles though with the page not shuffling up on an input field when the touch keyboard appears which means can't see the next options below or a submit button without closing the keyboard.


Looks okay. Lacks a dark mode or adoption of the dark theme setting in Windows, but just a niggle.


A bonus is it's possible to install web sites like Facebook as an app (given the severe lack of updates to the terrible FB app in the store). Although FB seems very slow when using the links off the notifications button. Launches FB quicker than old Edge on a slow tabet though and scrolls through posts quicker. However old Edge launches much quicker into Google home page than new Edge & Chrome.


Will see. Still missing the features initially mentioned of course. Set aside tabs in particular is very useful. Though I know Chrome has/had an extension to do something like that.


I notice potential plans to launch Edge Chromium on other platforms, so that makes more sense to have it as a version of full Chromium rather than just the engine.

@tjmoore regarding your comment about the number of processes used by edge chromium vs classic edge, i assume your not running any extensions, because i can have 1 tab open and still end up with 10 processes for edge chromium

These features are needed in Windows 10!

I can add that as the new Edge can convert "any website" into an app (launchable from the Start Menu), it would be very useful to us as devs to set icons or live tiles to our "apps".

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Would prefer "Set tabs aside" as an optional feature which can be toggled. There have been too many instances whereby multiple tabs were open and trying to switch to a particular tab at the front will accidentally click on the option to set tabs aside. Frustrating and irritating.



Absolutely, not just Chromium engine but other Chromium features and components like NACL, which allow to combine great Edge video playback support with existing Google Apps and extensions.

Agreed + in a drop down...

@Deleted AGREE! 

Set Tabs Aside is truly necessary!!!

And an option to be able to switch tabs in Most-Recently-Used Order with Ctrl-Tab. Firefox has this option. And it's the native way that Alt-Tab works in Windows, as well as the standard way Ctrl-Tab works in Visual Studio, SQL Server management Studio, Notepad++, and virtually every other tabbed UI except Chrome. Which is why I don't use Chrome.
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